By Donna Leon

At a cocktail party given via his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the spouse of a filthy rich Venetian businessman. He's charmed - possibly too charmed, indicates his spouse Paola - by means of her love of Virgil and Cicero, yet stunned through her visual appeal.

A few days later, Brunetti is visited by means of Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the close by urban of Marghera. As a part of a much wider research into Mafia takeovers of companies within the sector, Guarino desires information regarding the landlord of a trucking corporation who used to be came upon murdered in his workplace. He believes the man's dying is attached to the unlawful transportation of refuse - and extra sinister fabric - in his company's vehicles. No stranger to mutual suspicion and festival among rival Italian police departments, Brunetti is however wondered via the more youthful man's behaviour.

Eventually Guarino is of the same opinion to e-mail a photograph of his suspect, yet by the point the picture arrives, he himself is useless. used to be he killed simply because he obtained too shut? and the way is it that Franca Marinello is concerned?

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Bien sûr, si vous y tenez ! – Je remercie Votre Majesté. Maintenant, l’affaire est terminée J’ai l’honneur de souhaiter à Votre Majesté une bonne matinée. » Il s’inclina et se détourna sans remarquer la main que lui tendait le roi. Bras dessus, bras dessous, nous regagnâmes Baker Street. Et voici pourquoi un grand scandale menaçait le royaume de Bohême, et comment les plans de M. Sherlock Holmes furent déjoués par une femme. Il avait l’habitude d’ironiser sur la rouerie féminine ; depuis ce jour il évite de le faire.

Holmes, pour protéger la dame, se jeta parmi les combattants ; mais juste comme il parvenait à sa hauteur, il poussa un cri et s’écroula sur le sol, le visage en sang. Lorsqu’il tomba, les gardes s’enfuirent dans une direction, et les vagabonds dans la direction opposée ; les gens mieux vêtus, qui avaient assisté à la bagarre sans s’y mêler, se décidèrent alors à porter secours à la dame ainsi qu’au blessé. Irène Adler, comme je l’appelle encore, avait bondi sur les marches ; mais elle demeura sur le perron pour regarder ; son merveilleux visage profilait beaucoup de douceurs sous l’éclairage de l’entrée.

Je suis heureux d’entendre Votre Majesté parler ainsi. – J’ai contracté une dette immense envers vous ! Je vous en prie ; dites-moi de quelle manière je puis vous récompenser. Cette bague… » Il fit glisser de son doigt une émeraude et la posa sur la paume ouverte de sa main. « Votre Majesté possède quelque chose que j’évalue à plus cher, dit Holmes. – Dites-moi quoi : c’est à vous. – Cette photographie ! » - 45 - Le roi le contempla avec ahurissement. « La photographie d’Irène ? Bien sûr, si vous y tenez !

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